Annapurna Studios

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Annapurna Studios Pvt Ltd
Private
IndustryEntertainment
Founded1975
FounderAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Headquarters,
Key people
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Akkineni Venkat
Sumanth
Naga Chaitanya
Sushanth
Akhil Akkineni
ProductsFilms
ServicesFilm production
Film distribution
OwnerNagarjuna Akkineni
WebsiteAnnapurna Studios Pvt Ltd
Annapurna International School of Film & Media

Annapurna Studios is a production house established in 1975 by the late Telugu actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni. This studio was named after his wife Annapurna Akkineni. Located in the heart of Hyderabad city, the 8.9-hectare (22-acre) company mainly produces Telugu films and also provides various production and post-production facilities, including sound stages for set construction, outdoor sets, editing, dubbing and Digital Intermediate suites. In 2011, the Akkineni Family launched a non-profitable educational institute (Annapurna International School of Film and Media). ANR's son, actor Nagarjuna Akkineni serves as a chairman after his father’s demise.

The non-profit Annapurna International School of Film and Media is also situated in the premises of Annapurna Studios.

Foundation[edit]

Actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni always wished to move the Telugu film industry from Madras to Hyderabad as this is where its audience predominantly was. With the support of the government, he started the studio primarily to encourage this migration. The studio was inaugurated by the then President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on 14 January 1976.

Studio floors and backlots[edit]

Annapurna Studios built its first studio floor in 1976 which spans an area of 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft). The second studio was built in 1978 and was dedicated to the workers who had made the construction of the studio possible. This was followed by the construction of two more studios spanning 930 m2 (10,000 sq ft) each. Apart from the studio floors, Annapurna Studios also provides pre-built amenities which include the Manduva house (village house), police station, hospital, the Manam house. The company also has several backlots (outdoor locations) which are pliant enough to use for shooting.

In 2011, Annapurna Studios invested in building five new floors wherein the biggest floor spans an area of 1,370 m2 (14,800 sq ft). This new facility features green rooms for artists & technicians, in-house 1520 kV generator capacity, catwalk grids for easy light settings, cyclorama/bluemat for special effects and inbuilt fire-fighting and detection systems. It also includes a 280 m2 (3,000 sq ft) space for dance rehearsals, photo-shoots and press-meets.

Within the first few months this new facility had catered to over 35–40 prominent Tollywood productions including Naayak, Gabbar Singh, Mirchi, Dammu, Julayi, Shadow, Baadshah, Greeku Veerudu and Iddarammayilatho. It also played host to TV Commercial shoots for Malabar Gold, Mahindra Tractor, Joy Allukas, Jos Allukas, Kalyan Jewellers. Shooting of 3D & Reality Show projects is in the pipeline.

Post-production[edit]

Annpurna Studios provides post production and studio facilities for various Telugu films, TV shows and serials. The post production facilities include Sound, dubbing, edit and digital intermediate suites. In 2011, Annapurna Studios expanded its post-production facilities by adding two new Digital intermediate and edit suites. The DI suites house the state-of-the-art Base-light 4.3 DI System and India’s first Mistika 4K DI System. The DI Team has done extensive work on S. S. Rajamouli's blockbusters Eega and Baahubali: The Beginning. It has also worked on Oosaravelli, Shirdi Sai, Rajanna, Routine Love Story among several others projects. Further support services include editing, dubbing, scanning and film recording.

Film production[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Details
2019 Manmadhudu 2 Rahul Ravindran Akkineni Nagarjuna
Rakul Preet
2018 Rangula Ratnam Sree Ranjani Raj Tarun
Chitra Shukla
2017 Hello Vikram Kumar Akhil Akkineni
Kalyani Priyadarshan
2017 Ra Randoi Veduka Chudham Kalyan Krishna Akkineni Naga Chaitanya
Rakul Preet Singh
2016 Nirmala Convent G. Naga Koteswara Rao Akkineni Nagarjuna
Roshan Meka
Shriya Sharma
Co-produced with Nimmagadda Prasad
2016 Soggade Chinni Nayana Kalyan Krishna Akkineni Nagarjuna
Ramya Krishnan
Lavanya Tripathi
2014 Oka Laila Kosam Vijay Kumar Konda Akkineni Naga Chaitanya
Pooja Hegde
2014 Manam[1][2] Vikram Kumar Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Naga Chaitanya
First time starring three generations of heroes acting together.

One of the Biggest Hit in TFI.
Got rave reviews from Critics and Audience.

2013 Uyyala Jampala Virinchi Varma Raj Tarun
Avika Gor
2013 Bhai[3] Veerabhadram Akkineni Nagarjuna
Richa Gangopadhyay
2011 Rajanna K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Akkineni Nagarjuna
Sneha
Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver),

Nandi Award for Best Child Actress (Baby Annie),
Nandi Award for Best Character Actor (Gandhi),
Nandi Award for Best Art Director (S Ravinder),
Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Malavika),
Nandi Special Jury Award (Nagarjuna)

2005 Super Puri Jagannadh Akkineni Nagarjuna
Ayesha Takia
Sonu Sood
Anushka Shetty

Won Filmfare Best Comedian in Telugu(Ali),
Nominated for Filmfare Best Film in Telugu,
Filmfare Best Director (Puri Jagannadh),
Filmfare Best Actor (Akkineni Nagarjuna).
Filmfare Best Music Director (Sandeep Chowta),
Filmfare Best Actress (Sandhya)

2004 Mass Raghava Lawrence Akkineni Nagarjuna
Jyothika
Charmy Kaur

Won CineMAA Award for Best Actor (Nagarjuna),
Santosham Best Actress Award (Jyothika)

2003 Satyam Surya Kiran Sumanth
Genelia D'Souza
2002 Manmadhudu K. Vijaya Bhaskar Akkineni Nagarjuna
Sonali Bendre
Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Gold)
1999 Prema Katha Ram Gopal Varma Sumanth
Antara Mali

Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze),
Nandi Award for Best Director (Ram Gopal Varma),
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress (Radhika),
Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist (P.Shankar)

1996 Ninne Pelladata Krishna Vamsi Nagarjuna Akkineni
Tabu
Won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
1993 Rakshana Uppalapati Narayana Rao
R. R. Shinde
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Shobhana
1990 Iddaru Iddare A. Kodandarami Reddy Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Ramya Krishnan
1989 Shiva Ram Gopal Verma Akkineni Nagarjuna
Amala

Produced in association with S.S.Creations
Won Nandi Award for Best Director (Ram Gopal Varma)

1987 Agni Putrudu K. Raghavendra Rao Nagarjuna Akkineni
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sarada
Sivaji Ganesan
First film starring two generations
of the Akkineni family
1986 Vikram V. Madhusudhana Rao Akkineni Nagarjuna
Shobhana
Debut Film of Superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna
1983 Sri Ranga Neethulu A. Kodandarami Reddy Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sridevi
1983 Prem Tapasya Dasari Narayana Rao Jeetendra
Rekha
Reena Roy
Remake of Premabhishekam
1982 Yuvaraju Dasari Narayana Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jayasudha
Sujatha
1981 Prema Kanuka K. Raghavendra Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sridevi
Mohan Babu
1980 Premabhishekam Dasari Narayana Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sridevi
Jayasudha
The film has completed 100 days in 30 centres[4]
1980 Pilla Zamindar Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jayasudha
Mohan Babu
1979 Kalyani Dasari Narayana Rao Murali Mohan
Jayasudha

AA Combines[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Details
1980 Buchi Babu Dasari Narayana Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jaya Prada

AS Combines[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Details
1990 Shiva (Hindi) Ram Gopal Varma Akkineni Nagarjuna
Amala

Great India Entertainments[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Details
1995 Sisindri Siva Nageswara Rao Akhil Akkineni
Nagarjuna Akkineni
1998 Sri Sita Ramula Kalyanam Chootamu Raarandi Y. V. S. Chowdary Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Venkat
Chandni
1998 Chandralekha Krishna Vamsi Nagarjuna Akkineni
Ramya Krishna
Isha Koppikar
1998 Aahaa Suresh Krissna Jagapati Babu
1999 Seetharama Raju Y. V. S. Chowdary Nandamuri Harikrishna
Nagarjuna Akkineni
2000 Yuvakudu A. Karunakaran Sumanth
Bhumika Chawla

Television production[edit]

Television show Genre Channel Telecast status Notes
Mudda Mandaram Drama Zee Telugu completed
Pasupu Kunkuma Drama Zee Telugu Completed Nandi Television Award 2011[5]
Pelli Pandiri Drama Star Maa TV Completed
Theenmar Dance show Zee Telugu Completed
Yuva Drama Star Maa TV Completed
Love Drama Star Maa TV Completed
Sasirekha Parinayam Drama Star Maa TV Completed Nandhi Award – Audiography – M.Rakesh(2015)

Nandhi Award – Best Script Written – Netaje(2016)

Nandhi Award – Title Song – Dinakar(2016)

Puttinti Pattucheera Drama Star Maa TV Completed Nandhi Award – First Film Director – Sri Ramoju Venkat
Savirahe Drama Star Maa TV Completed
Geetanjali Drama Zee TV Completed Nandhi Award – Best Playback Singer – Pranavi (2015)

Makeup Department – K. Rambabu (2015)

Nandhi Award – Best Leading Actress – B. Roopa(2016)

Nandhi Award – Best Negative Role, Male – Bramar(2016)

Punnaga Drama Zee TV Completed
Kathalo Rajakumari Drama Star Maa TV Completed
Bigg Boss 2 Reality show Star Maa TV Completed
Bigg Boss 3 Reality show Star Maa TV Completed
Ninne Pelladatha Drama Zee Telugu On air
Trinayani Drama Zee Telugu On Air

Annapurna International School of Film and Media[edit]

Annapurna International School of Film and Media is the only privately managed, non-profit film and media school in India.[6]

It is also the only film school in India with government-accredited bachelor's, master's and MBA courses in film related subjects.

The school was launched in August 2011 by Actor & Chairman of Annapurna Studios, Dr. Nageswara Rao Akkineni and the Akkineni family with the intention of giving back to the community through their knowledge and experience in the field.

Many members from across the Indian film industry extended their support towards this non-profit film education. The advisory board includes Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt, Farah Khan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Javed Akhtar, Kamal Hassan, Tabu, Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Gautham Menon, S. S. Rajamouli, Deva Katta and Krish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akkineni multi-starrer movie Manam". timesofap.com. 2 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Reliance in tie-up with Annapurna Studios for two films in 2013". idlebrain.com.
  3. ^ "Sonu Sood joins the cast of Nagarjuna's Bhai". 123telugu.com. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. ^ "ANR's 100 days films list". idlebrain.com. Archived from the original on 26 December 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Pasupu Kunkuma bags Nandi TV Award". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Annapurna Studios launches International Film School". The Hindu.